The music industry seems loathe to change. At least they seem loathe to change until they’re forced to. Kudos to the management of Gnarls Barkley and The Raconteurs for releasing their CDs much earlier than normal. Gnarls Barkley released their most recent CD in advance of an April release date last week. The Raconteurs did even better – they finished their CD earlier this month and released it today.
There is no reason for the long turns between recording and releasing a CD. The long lead times lead to bootlegging and lower sales. Record and release. Don’t even create CDs – or don’t wait for them to be ready.
As for the CDs: I can only comment on the Gnarls Barkley CD and it’s better than the last one. No break out hit like Crazy, but it’s more complete, complex and a better listen from beginning to end.
The Raconteurs ought to be good – Brendan Benson and Jack White makes for good music. I’ll owe you a review when I listen to it.